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INDIA AND 10 OTHER COUNTRIES CATEGORISED AS ‘COUNTRY OF CONCERN’ IN NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON CLIMATE REPORT

INDIA AND 10 OTHER COUNTRIES CATEGORISED AS ‘COUNTRY OF CONCERN’ IN NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON CLIMATE REPORT

Context:

The United States has categorised 11 countries namely, India, Afghanistan, Haiti, Colombia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Iraq, North Korea, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as a ‘country of concern’ on climate in the assessment of the American Intelligence Community in its report called “National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on climate”.

Key Highlights of the Report:

  • These countries will face the brunt of global warming such as intensifying & more frequent heatwaves & droughts and water & power scarcity.
  • The intelligence community has found that these countries will face “warming temperatures, extreme weather, as well as disruption to ocean patterns which will also threaten their food, water energy, and health security”.
  • Frequent heat waves and droughts will create water supply volatility while growing populations & economies will increase the electricity demands to handle rising temperatures.
  • Frequent cyclones will contaminate water sources and increase vector populations & diseases they transmit in some of the 11 countries.
  • Instances of dengue will probably increase in countries like India, Guatemala, Iraq, Honduras, Haiti, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Report:

  • It was the 1st ever “National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on climate”.
  • It was put together by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  • The IC (Intelligence Community) had identified 11 countries as well as two regions of concern with respect to the threat from climate change.

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